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The anatomy of a brain injury

| Jul 27, 2020 | Brain Injuries |

We are often ill prepared to deal with a severe injury because we believe that such an incident will never occur. Although we are not invincible, it is difficult to consider being a victim of a car crash or workplace accident. However, accidents occur every day in Louisiana, causing many individuals to learn how to navigate life after suffering a serious injury resulting from head trauma.

Indications of a brain injury

Although a brain injury is serious, it is not always apparent that a victim has suffered one. Initially, an accident victim may not show signs of head trauma, causing some to rule out such harms have occurred. This could lead to other health issues or result in long-term effects if the injury is not timely addressed.

If a brain injury is not visually apparent, such as obvious impact to the head, a skull fracture or an object penetrating the head, other signs could indicate that an accident victim has suffered a brain injury. This includes headache, confusion, vomiting, loss of consciousness, dilated pupils, coma, paralysis, changes in vision, dizziness, breathing problems, slow pulse, cognitive difficulties, body numbness, difficulty speaking and other related symptoms.

Treatments options

A brain injury that ranges from moderate to severe could require surgical treatment. This is dependent on the severity of the injury, the area of the brain impacted and the medical issues present, such as a hematoma, contusion or object penetrating the brain. However, surgery is not always required. While there is no miracle treatment for brain injuries, there are treatments that can reduce swelling and promote the healing process.

Recovery

While some brain injuries are recoverable, others have lasting effects. This could range from minor disabilities to a vegetative state. While more than half of those suffering from a moderate brain injury will make a positive recovery, a fourth will be left with moderate disabilities while 10% suffer death or a permanent vegetative state. The remaining suffers from a severe degree of disability due to their brain injury.

Because the effects of a brain injury can be significant, it is important that victims understand how best to navigate life and what options are available. A civil action may be one of them. If a negligent party caused the accident that resulted in a brain injury, a personal injury action could help hold that party liable and assist with the recovery of compensation.